SlushPile Challenge - October 2014

We are pleased to announce the 
October 2014 Slush Pile Challenge.

Clare Wallace joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011. As the Head of Rights, she negotiates deals for translation rights all around the world for all the Agency’s authors. 
Clare is also building the children’s list and is looking for new children's authors and illustrators.

We would like entrants to submit the first chapter of a title for 5-8 year olds, with a short synopsis. We are looking for brilliant characters, great storytelling and if you can make us giggle, all the better.

Clare Wallace will pick a winner and arrange to have a meeting with them by phone or in person for 30 minutes.

Send in your entries by 2nd November 2014

This competition is now closed!

Who is eligible?

You need to be a current SCBWI un-agented member, resident in the UK. (From 29th July 2014 onwards, it is open to European residents as well).

If you win a challenge, you will not be able to enter for any other Slush Pile challenges.

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What do you need to do?

Send in your entry (as Word Document ) to by 2nd November 2014.

The document/PDF should contain only the synopsis and the first chapter. Please note the first chapters should be of reasonable length (under 2000 words). Please include both in a single document.

Do not include your name, address or email address in the word document or the PDF.

In the email - please write your full name as it appears in SCBWI membership records and your email address. Also include the title of your work.

Only the first entry will be considered. Please do not send revisions, multiple entries or multiple attachments.

The Process

We will choose 15 entries randomly and send to the agent for review. This is to ensure that the agents are able to judge a reasonable number of entries and to ensure the W&P team is not pre-selecting the entries. In many cases, our judges review all submissions and sometimes we receive only around 15 entries or so.

The agent will pick a winner and also tell us why.

The winner will be put in touch with the agent for the 30-minute meeting.

Good Luck Everyone!

Chitra has published over 20 books in Singapore, UK, USA and India. She loves writing picture books, folktales and is also working on fiction for 7+ with a lead character brightly named Aurora. Chitra is a member of the Words & Pictures' editorial team, managing The Slush Pile Challenge.

1 comment:

  1. One of the best things about the last slushpile competition (apart from winning, which would have been brilliant!) was that some of the not-winners shared their texts afterwards. We critiqued each others' work based on the comments made by the judge - most useful.


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